As each pick went by during the second half of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, the anticipation grew thicker and thicker.
The number of cameras — and eyes — trained on the couch, where Edmond Santa Fe pitcher Ty Hensley sat, increased every time Bud Selig stepped to the podium to announce another pick.
Finally just before Texas picked No. 29, Hensley's mom, Marci, came out confident that her son was the pick. Instead, the Rangers selected Florida high school outfielder Lewis Brinson.
But Hensley looked at his mom with confidence, telling her things would be OK.
More than three hours after the draft began, CC Sabathia stepped up and announced Hensley was headed to the New York Yankees with the No. 30 pick in the first round.
“I don't even know what to say right now,” Hensley said after finishing a round of hugs in the gathered crowd of approximately 75 people. “It ended up lasting for a lot longer than I thought it would but hey, I went to a great organization. There's so much history there and so many great players, so I'm excited to be a Yankee.”
The slot bonus for the pick is $1.6 million.
Hensley said negotiations would begin immediately, and he hoped to sign soon.
“I'm ready to get this thing started,” he said. “I want to get out and play as soon as possible.”
Hensley's dad, Mike, was drafted twice — in the third round of the 1985 draft by the Houston Astros and in the second round in 1988 by the St. Louis Cardinals.